Cognition/Memory Impairment: Assessment and Intervention


Understanding normal vs. abnormal memory/cognitive changes as part of the aging process is critical to any clinician (regardless of clinical setting) working with an aging population.  Many courses focus on the role of therapy with “Dementia” but do not address memory/cognitive impairment that is part of the human aging process.  This clinically based course will provide OT’s; PT’s and SLP’s with clinical information to help identify clients experiencing these issues.  In addition, the course will provide information on effectively modifying treatment programs for the spectrum of normal/abnormal memory/cognitive changes people in their 40’s; 50’s and beyond experience.  Extensive evidence based resource information for both the client and their family will be provided.

Learn about normal versus abnormal memory/cognitive deficits as humans age, and the factors that both contribute to and slow memory/cognitive decline. Focus will be on the role of therapy related to these factors. Content will cover the spectrum of age related memory/cognitive changes from Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to end stage Alzheimer’s and the behavioral/clinical characteristics of each. Emphasis will be on MCI through moderate Alzheimer’s impairment. Additional information presented includes: Exercise/activity level and the impact on memory/cognitive decline, driving issues and dual tasking/gait issues. Includes the most up to date/evidence-based information on brain plasticity, cognitive reserve, communication strategies and cognitive assessment-intervention.

At the end of the course each participant will be given a course evaluation and a self-reflective questionnaire. This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Justify the use of two cognitive assessments to identify Mild Cognitive Impairment in a patient experiencing cognitive/memory decline
  • Identify at least four evidence-based resources related to memory/cognitive impairment that can be used for patient/caregiver education
  • Name six conditions/co-morbidities that negatively impact an individual’s cognitive/memory function.
  • Explain how 5 abnormal cognitive/memory deficits throughout the aging process influence a patient with memory deficits.
  • Distinguish 3 reversible conditions that can negatively affect an individual’s cognition and memory
  • Justify, based on evidence, how frontal lobe/executive functions relate to cognitive/memory ability
  • Independently create a treatment plan that includes evidence-based intervention strategies for a patient with cognition/memory deficits

CE Credits

8 contact hours

This course is accepted by many professional credentialing organizations and state professional regulatory boards. Rules and regulations change frequently without notification, and apply differently to live and online courses. Please check with your state board to confirm accuracy of this list and acceptance of contact hours. Certificate of Attendance will be issued to all participants upon completion of the course and may be used for CEU verification of credits. CE credits vary by state. Please check with your state board/certifying agency to confirm conversion of contact hours to CE. See links below.


Physical Therapy Board of California: The Physical Therapy Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approval agency to approve providers offering continuing competency courses for CA licensed PTs and PTAs. This course is approved for 8 contact hours.

California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board: The Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board of California recognizes Rehab Education, LLC as an approved Continuing Professional Development Provider (PDP). Approval #PDP 416. (Course must be taken between 03-6-2019 and 03-31-2021)

FL State Occupational Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider for general Live CE courses. This course has been approved for 8 contact hours.

Georgia State Occupational Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider for general Live CE courses. This course has been approved for 8 contact hours.

NY State Physical Therapy Board: Rehab Education, LLC is recognized as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education by the NY State Education Department Board of Physical Therapy. (Course must be taken prior to 05-10-2022)

PA State Board of Physical Therapy: Per PA rules and regulations, Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy now recognizes as approved any course certified by FSBPT’s ProCert or approved by another state PT Board, or approved by the APTA and its components which includes the state chapters, regional chapters, and sections.

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider #6177: See states that currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT): Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT): Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) / ProCert has awarded certification in the amount of 5 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) to this activity. Approved CCUs are a unit of relative value of an activity based on its evaluation against a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards representing the quality of an activity. The CCU determination is a valuation applying many factors including, but not limited to, duration of the activity. No conclusion should be drawn that CCUs correlate to course hours. (Course must be taken between 09-13-2017 and 09-12-2021) Please check with your state physical therapy board to determine if they currently accept the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) certification.

  • AOTA Approval States

    These states currently recognize AOTA Approved Providers for OT continuing education either in regulatory language or by formal written communication to AOTA:

    District of Columbia
    New Hampshire
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota

    *Disclaimer: Rehab Education LLC provides this list for your convenience. At the time of listing, the following state boards accept courses by virtue of approval by other organizations. It is the responsibility of the participant registering for a course to check with their state board to confirm rules and regulations regarding acceptance of contact hours for live and online courses.

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other state PT boards or APTA state associations*:

    North Carolina

    The following PT Boards accept courses approved by other APTA state associations*:

    Rhode Island

    The following PT Boards accept courses provided by AOTA approved providers*:

    District of Columbia
    Rhode Island

    *NBCOT…National Board for Certification of Occupational Therapy (view PDU requirements)

    +HTCC… Hand Therapy Certification Commission  (view recertification requirements)
    Hand Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC): This course is accepted by HTCC towards re-certification.

    State PT Boards
    State OT Boards


7:30-8:00 Registration
8:00-8:15 Introduction/Objectives/Pretest
8:15-9:30 Alzheimer’s Facts/Figures/Risk  Factors/Intervention Hype
Dementia vs. Alzheimers
Contributing Factors
9:30-9:45 Break
9:45-10:30 Cognition/Executive Function (EF)
Components of cognition
Components of EF
Effect of memory/cognition changes on EF
10:30-11:00 Cognition/Memory: Normal Aging vs. Abnormal Aging
Clinical examples
Sleep Quality/Effect on Cognition
11:00-12:00 Mild Cognitive Impairment
Functional Impairment Caused by Diagnosis
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-1:30 Alzheimer’s Disease/Cognitive Impairment
1:30-2:30 Cognitive Assessments/ Cognitive Reserve/Brain Plasticity
Testing issues
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15 Falls/Driving/Dual Tasking
Driving assessments
Dual tasking treatment strategies
3:15-3:30 Resources available/Review
3:30-4:00 Treatment Strategies/ EBP Intervention
Clinical Studies
Cognitive stimulation
4:00-4:45 Therapy Intervention Strategies/Treatment Focus
Cognitive stimulation
4:45-5:15 Latest Research
5:15 – 5:30 Review/Q&A


Maxwell Perkins MS, OTR/L

Maxwell Perkins MS, OTR/L earned his BS in occupational therapy 1984 from the Medical College of Georgia.  He obtained an MS in Health Care Policy and Administration from Mercer University in 1994 and has worked in a variety of clinical settings (acute/inpatient and outpatient, SNF). 

Max has extensive experience with interdisciplinary clinical management focusing on a geriatric population.  He co-authored the article:  Interdisciplinary Team Approach in the Rehabilitation of Hip/Knee Arthroplasties which was published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 

His most recent clinical positions have been serving as the Rehab Education Director for two large health care organizations, where he completed extensive training on this subject.  In addition, Max has presented workshops at both the local, regional and state level.  Max currently is a consultant and also a guest lecturer in occupational therapy at Pacific University in Forrest Grove Oregon and in physical therapy at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma Washington.

Classes taught by Maxwell Perkins: